East Liverpool Community Center
At the December meeting of the Board of Directors of the HHH Foundation held at the Community & Learning Center it was decided to close the center during normal business hours of noon to 5 p.m. daily until further notice. Of greatest concern is the risk that the coronavirus poses to volunteers and visitors. The center has established strict guidelines based on wearing masks, distancing and washing hands based on the health advisories for all those in the building.
Volunteers were excused from their duties for much of the month of December for parties that were scheduled, some canceled because of the strict safety guidelines set by the board. However a number of the events and regular meetings have taken place under the guidelines. There have been no reported incidents of pandemic infections from those meetings and parties.
However in the county, throughout the state and in the tri-state area the number of hospitalizations and deaths have risen. The school systems are operating on a limited schedule, therefore the center will continue to remain closed to the public until further notice. Scheduled parties and regular programs will continue to be held as long as they can be done safely and are not forbidden by the authorities.
The center operates from its eight acre property that adjoins the East Liverpool High School on Maine Boulevard. Outdoor activities including sled riding and building snowmen when there is snow, driving instruction by the AAA and by individuals, East Liverpool Police Officer Chris Green exercising his police dog Nero that roams the grounds under his supervision and a regular parade of area residents including young people using the driveways as a short cut between North Side stores and visiting friends. The lot is being snow plowed regularly.
Throughout December and going forward some regular programs have continued to meet inside the center. This includes the three recovery classes for drugs and alcohol, the Lions Club, Guardians of the Children and some individual tutoring classes under the direction of Volunteer Denise Pershon. A number of Birthday parties took place but with reduced attendance. The Cub Scout Troop #327under the leadership of Mike Woods will resume their regular meetings in the Banquet Hall on January 11 from 5:20 to 6:30 and on each Monday in the center scout room that is now dedicated to their activities.
Elementary art lessons under the leadership of Margaret Myers and the Thursday Matinee Movie Nites are not scheduled in January. The East Liverpool Rotary Club has met twice in December but only by Zoom. The Guardians of the Children have events planned for the month.
Persons wishing to reserve one of the center rooms for meetings, parties or other functions may call the center and leave a message. Staff are in the center daily to return calls and discuss arrangements for the possibility of reserving space. The phone number is (330) 303-2110. The address of the Community Center is 110 Maine Boulevard but correspondence must be addressed to P. O. Box 103.
The Center looks forward to when it can resume the elementary art classes, the Thursday evening Old Time Movie Nites under the direction of Scott Kidd, welcoming back live the East Liverpool Rotary Club, the Bridge Club and also classes, board meetings, conferences, wedding and receptions, the Legacy & Legends Lectures and fund raising opportunities in the Banquet Hall when they can be safely offered. Tours of the Harker Pottery ware, the Hans Hacker room, the new Art Gallery and other exhibits can be held by appointment but only for small groups.